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Coalition Hails Passage of Legislation

It’s a key milestone in protecting victims of domestic violence and their pets.

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(PRESS RELEASE) WASHINGTON, DC – A group of nonprofit and for-profit organizations lauded the passage of the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 (the Farm Bill) after advocating for legislation to better protect domestic violence survivors by establishing the critical importance of protecting their pets, too. With the inclusion of key elements of the Pet and Women Safety (PAWS) Act (H.R. 909, S.322) in the Farm Bill, Congress took an essential step in removing a roadblock to the safety of these survivors with pets.

“Thanks to bipartisan passage of the PAWS Act by Congress, more domestic violence shelters will allow survivors of abuse to heal with the love and support of their beloved pets,” said Nina Leigh Krueger, president of Purina. “This is an important milestone in the coalition’s collective efforts to create safer communities for pets and pet owners, and Purina will remain steadfast in our commitment to keeping pets and people together, particularly during times of crisis.”

This provision of the Farm Bill establishes grants for domestic violence shelters to carry out programs to provide emergency and transitional shelter and housing assistance or short-term shelter and housing assistance for domestic violence victims with pets, service animals, emotional support animals, or horses. Grants awarded may also be used for programs that provide support services designed to enable someone fleeing domestic violence to locate and secure safe housing with their pet, safe accommodations for their pet, or related services such as transportation and other assistance.

The PAWS Act Coalition would like to thank the original co-sponsors of the Pet and Women Safety Act for their leadership and commitment to its passage, especially the lead sponsors Congresswoman Katherine Clark (D-MA-5), Senator Gary Peters (D-MI) and Senator Dean Heller (R-NV). The Coalition is also particularly grateful for Senator Pat Roberts (R-KS) for spearheading the effort to pass the bill by including its language in the Farm Bill.

“No one should have to make the choice between finding safety and staying in a violent situation to protect their pet,” said Congresswoman Katherine Clark (D-MA-5). “This law empowers survivors with the resources to leave a dangerous situation while being able to continue to care for their pet. I’m grateful for the partnerships we’ve formed between organizations working to end both domestic violence and animal abuse. Together, we will help save lives.”

“The PAWS Act Coalition looks forward to working with federal agencies to support implementation of this new law and to helping raise awareness of this important legislation among the domestic violence shelter and pet care communities,” said Steven Feldman, Executive Director of the Human Animal Bond Research Institute (HABRI). “Our work is far from over, but this victory is the momentum needed towards real, life-saving change for domestic violence survivors and the pets that bring them so much joy and comfort.”

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Organizations in the PAWS Act coalition include:

  • Purina (Nestlé Purina PetCare)
  • Bayer Corporation
  • Human Animal Bond Research Institute (HABRI)
  • Noah’s Animal House
  • Pet Partners
  • Urban Resource Institute

Two of these organizations, Noah’s Animal House and Urban Resource Institute are just a couple of the only 3% of domestic violence shelters across the country who are working to keep both pets and their owners away from the dangers of domestic abuse. Together these two incredible organizations have saved more than 1,500 pets from abusive conditions, so that no domestic violence survivor is forced to choose between staying in an abusive relationship and leaving their pet with their abuser.

Did you know?

Up to 65% of domestic violence victims remain in abusive situations out of fear for their pets’ safety.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, 4,774,000 women in the United States experience physical violence by an intimate partner every year.

The majority of domestic violence situations include pets in the household, and 85% of women residing in domestic violence shelters reported a pet was harmed by their abuser.

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A growing body of science has demonstrated a link between domestic violence and animal cruelty. An outlet of emotional support for victims, the family pet often becomes a target for physical abuse.

“As we’ve seen throughout the past five years of running URI’s PALS (People and Animals Living Safely) Program, abusers often threaten to harm or inflict violence on a pet in order to control their victims,” said Nathaniel Fields, president and CEO of URI. “Not only do pet-friendly domestic violence shelters provide a critical avenue for escape, but they also channel the healing power of the human-pet bond during times of crisis and transition. The passage of the Farm Bill is an exciting milestone in this coalition’s work to ensure that all individuals facing abuse and their beloved pets can live the safest, fullest lives possible.”

“Since 2007, Noah’s Animal House has cared for over 1,400 pets of domestic violence victims from 21 states across the U.S, in addition to our home state of Nevada. Women drove thousands of miles from Florida, Oklahoma, Maine, Texas and others, driving past other women’s shelters in every state for one reason only – their pet had to be included in their escape plan” stated Staci Columbo Alonso, founder of Noah’s Animal House. “With the passing of the PAWS Act, more local women’s shelters can become pet friendly.”

“Survivors of domestic violence should not have to choose between their safety and a loved one,” said Lauren Dorsch, deputy director, communications, Bayer Animal Health, “and this legislation is an important move toward supporting shelters in their efforts to provide a safe place for survivors to heal without saying goodbye to their pets.”

“In support of the PAWS Act Coalition, Pet Partners grassroots advocates made their voices heard during every step of the legislative process – recruiting key co-sponsors in the Senate, supporting passage of the Senate Farm Bill, targeting members of the Conference Committee, and building support in communities across the country. Thanks to their efforts, many thousands of constituent messages, tweets, and phone calls to Congress were made emphasizing the importance of these provisions. Pet Partners is grateful for their actions that will help pets and people remain together in traumatic situations – when they need each other most,” said Annie Peters, CEO of Pet Partners.

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Carolina Pet Company Continues to Honor America’s National Parks with Pendleton Pet Collection

It will feature a story every month.

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(PRESS RELEASE) Carolina Pet Company, the exclusive licensee of the iconic Pendleton Woolen Mills “Pendleton Pet Collection,” announces a new email and social media campaign highlighting a different National Park throughout the course of the year. This campaign will be promoting its Pendleton Pet National Park Collection with a feature story every month starting with Mount Rainier National Park in Washington state and traveling across the country ending the campaign by featuring Acadia National Park in Maine later in the year.

The National Park Pet Collection was developed by Carolina Pet, inspired by the colors and design elements of Pendleton’s home collection. The iconic patterns are scaled to fit pet beds, collars, leashes and jackets that compliment Pendleton’s home assortment. The collection calls on the inspiration of eight popular National Parks, plus two color ways from Pendleton’s Camp Collection. The National Park Foundation receives a royalty from the purchase of Pendleton National Park Products.

“Carolina Pet is proud of being part of this effort to help protect these American Treasures, our National Parks,” says Carolina Pet owner Edward Bobowski. Pendleton and partners of the NPF have donated more than $700,000 so far to support critical restoration projects in our National Parks.

Together with Pendleton Woolen Mills, Carolina Pet has launched the Westerley Pet Collection paying homage to the cult classic movie the Big Lebowski staring Jeff Bridges (“The Dude”) who alternates scenes changing from his bathrobe to the time-honored Pendleton Westerly sweater. The pet collection, consisting of the iconic sweater, a matching collar, leash and snood, also includes Bowling Ball and Bowling Pin toys. Re-branded by Carolina Pet as the Big LeBARKski Collection, the line has resonated with the movie’s fans and its twenty-year anniversary. “The Dog Abides”

The entire Pendleton Pet Collection, including the National Park and Big LeBARKski lines will be on display at the Global Pet Expo along with the Carolina Pet Collection, in booth 6067.

carolinapetcompany.com, pendleton-usa.com.

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Bark Your Biz Announces Entrepreneur Lineup for Global Pet Expo Program

Entrepreneur elevator pitch competition to feature nine company founders.

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(PRESS RELEASE) Bark Your Biz, the first and only entrepreneur pitch competition exclusively for the pet care industry, has closed applications and announced the lineup for this year’s live program at the 2019 Global Pet Expo.

The event takes place from 3 to 5:30 p.m. Wednesday in Room W306A at the Orlando Convention Center.

Bark Your Biz was created by and is hosted by Anthony and Amanda Bennie, the 22-time award-winning founders of Clear Conscience Pet. The program is sponsored by Clear Conscience Pet and its SuperGravy brand of holistic instant pet food topper gravy and broth mixes.

Bark Your Biz gives entrepreneurs the opportunity to present their products or services in a three minute elevator pitch to a panel of pet industry experts. The “Barkers” will be questioned about their products, branding, and market strategy by the panel. Three winners will be selected among the contestants based on Pitch, Product, and Market Potential. The winners will be eligible for personal consulting sessions from the hosts and panelists, including branding and packaging reviews, website evaluations, digital marketing support, ecommerce, and retail penetration strategies.

The Bark Your Biz lineup of companies and founder/presenters is as follows. Note that the order of presenters is accurate, but the assigned time slots are approximate.

  • 3:00-3:10 Animal Essentials: Greg Tilford
  • 3:15-3:25 Addison Pet Yards- Fish Gallery- Yard Dog: Roger DeGregori
  • 3:30-3:40 Pet FX/Canna Love: Jarid Gardner
  • 3:45- 3:55 Teef! Daily Dog Dental Care: Lindsey Huff & Emily Stein
  • INTERMISSION 10 MINUTES
  • 4:10- 4:20 Kitchen Dog: Terry Kasper
  • 4:25- 4:35 Walkee Paws: Lisa Baronoff
  • 4:40- 4:50 Rockster Pet Foods: Zoe and Sven Ley
  • 4:55- 5:05 Pet Krewe: Allison Albert
  • 5:15-5:25 K9 Corp. / Yak-9 Chews Pukar Payakurel
  • 5:25- 5:30: PANEL CONFERS, SCORES TALLIED, and WINNERS ANNOUNCED

The panelists for Bark Your Biz are pet business experts and writers:

  • Phil Chang is the Founder of Retail Phil and is a retailing expert and consultant who writes for Pet Product News and other publications. Chang will also be leading a retailing strategy seminar at the 2019 Global Pet Expo;
  • BC Henschen is the founder/owner of the Platinum Paws, a legacy independent pet specialty retail store in Carmel, Indiana. Henschen also serves as Association for Truth in Pet Food consumer advocate on the board of the American Association of Feed Control Officials, and also serves on the World Pet Association board of directors. His monthly column can be found monthly on the back page of PET PRODUCT NEWS.
  • Candace D’Agnolo is a pet industry consultant who built a successful pet specialty retail chain and is now the founder and CEO of Pet Boss Nation, a membership-based think tank and training resource for pet business entrepreneurs. Pet Boss Nation hosts Camp Pet Boss, a rustic annual retreat for pet business entrepreneurs. D’Agnolo also writes a monthly column in PETS+ magazine.

Bark Your Biz welcomes Global Pet Expo press, buyers, and exhibitors to attend all or part of the live studio taping. “The show is entertaining and informative,” said Bennie. “Our panelists do ask some tough questions, but always with kindness and a genuine desire to help identify strengths and opportunities for the Barkers.”

The show will be available as a Bennie and the Pets Podcast as well as on the Clear Conscience Pet YouTube channel after the show is completed.

clearconsciencepet.com/barkyourbiz/

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Global Pet Expo Announces Biggest Show to Date

With the largest annual industry event set to kick off on March 20, officials report more exhibitor booths than ever before.

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(PRESS RELEASE) STAMFORD, CT – American Pet Products Association (APPA) Executive Vice President & COO Andy Darmohraj announces that this year’s Global Pet Expo has sold a record number of booths making it the largest show to date. Darmohraj is also excited to report the Boutique, Natural Pet and What’s New! special sections on the show floor have also sold out weeks prior to the show. Global Pet Expo is set to take place March 20-22, 2019 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida.

“The Global Pet Expo team works tirelessly all year long to continue making this Show the pet industry’s premier event,” said Darmohraj. “The fact that our show floor will be the largest to date, further solidifies the significance of this show and that it truly is the must-attend industry event of the year.”

The 2018 Show featured 1,164 exhibitors, 3,523 booths sold, covering 352,300 net square feet of exhibit space—nearly 10,000 feet larger than the 2017 Show. 6,508 qualified buyers, 2,100 of which were first-time buyers, representing 79 countries around the world were in attendance. With more than 3,000 new product launches, Global Pet Expo will showcase the latest and greatest products available for all types of pets including dogs, cats, birds, fish, reptiles, small animals and horses.

The tremendous success of the continuously growing Global Pet Expo has been recognized by the trade show industry as well. Trade Show ExecutiveMagazine (TSE) ranked Global Pet Expo #48 on their exclusive “Gold 100” list. This honor recognized Global Pet Expo as one of the 100 largest shows that “Set The Gold Standard” for the trade show industry, exceeding thousands of others in exhibit space, exhibiting companies and attendance. Global Pet Expo is also ranked #48 in TSE’s Fastest 50 for fastest growing trade shows and was honored at the prestigious Trade Show News Network (TSNN) Awards as a Top 25 Fastest-Growing Show in net square footage.

Global Pet Expo is open to independent retailers, distributors, mass-market buyers and other qualified media and professionals. To learn more about the show, click here

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